Category: Announcements



Photo Courtesy of The Huffington Post

Photo Courtesy of The Huffington Post

Chipotle has announced that it will begin delivery services to 40 college campuses starting this fall. Lucky for us, Columbia has been included in this group of schools meaning the days of walking through snowstorms or heat waves for that Chipotle bowl are coming to an end.

The company will be partnering with Tapingo to offer this new service. Delivery fees have not been released, but are expected to be around $3 to $7 per order.

Check out more details about the announcement in Chipotle’s official press release here.





At Convocation earlier today, University President Lee Bollinger suggested that an expanded relationship between current United States President and Columbia alum, Barack Obama, and the University could be possible.

We reached out for comment from The White House they said: “The president has long talked about his respect for Columbia University and his desire to continue working with them. However, at this point no decisions have been finalized about his post-Presidency plans.”

We also reached out for clarification from the University President’s office they said it “only reiterated the May 12 statement by the Barack Obama Foundation that it “intends to maintain a presence at Columbia University for the purpose of exploring and developing opportunities for a long term association” and reflected no further developments concerning President Obama’s plans.”

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Sources: Columbia University Website (

The White House via Olivier Kane (


Welcome to the new website. Our team has been hard at work since January crafting this new website and planning our new publication.

We decided to work on The Lion for one main reason: to better understand the Columbia community. While Columbia may be considered a medium size University to some, this is still a school that more than 40,000 students and staff call home. And with so many people, it can be hard to really learn about the diverse voices and experiences that weave together to create the Columbia experience. Our team wants this new website to serve as a forum for open discourse; a place where every Columbia affiliate feels comfortable sharing their thoughts for everyone to see. Our goal is to not just be another campus news source — our school already has several and we do not see the need for another one. We want to work on further uniting our Columbia community and explore what makes Columbia so special.

We already have a team of writers working on exciting projects such as interviewing students and Professors, working on analyzing affordability issues on college campuses, and a whole host of other topics. But our main source for content? The student body. As a publication, we pledge to post 100% of pieces submitted to us that adhere to our submission policy . We want to be a place where you might see an article that challenges your views, but we also want to have a site where people feel comfortable respectfully discussing these types of topics.

It’s been a lot of work, but our team is excited for this journey. If you would like to submit something to us, email it to

If you want to join our team, visit or to work on our Affordability Initiative.

And if you want to just say hi, check us out on our social media channels or email

Get ready. This is going to be an interesting ride.


William Essilfie, Editor in Chief and Product Development Lead
Joshua Burton, Operations and Advertising Lead
Michele Lin, Technology and Multimedia Lead
Yowana Wamala, Journalism Lead


Photo: Bradley Davison (CC ’17)

In response to some student concern with the new free laundry policy announced by Columbia Housing, The Lion reached out to Housing for comment. Read on for details on the rationale/impact of this policy.

1) What was the additional increase to the Housing and/or Student Life fee to accommodate the new free drying policy?

There was not an increase to the housing fee. This initiative was funded out of summer conference and intern housing income.

2) On average, do you expect that this policy will reduce the maintenance costs for the machines? Are the numbers on maintenances costs for the washers and dryers publicly available to the student body?

Maintenance costs are included as part of the contract for the laundry machines, regardless of how many maintenance requests made. We do expect the number of maintenance requests to decrease. Many maintenance requests are due to overloaded machines. We anticipate fewer overloaded machines now that laundry is free and students can use more machines to do their laundry without extra charges.

3) What prompted the creation of the new video on how to do laundry? Who led the creation of the video?

The majority of problems with the machines are caused by overstuffing the washer, adding too much soap, or overloading the dryer. We wanted to show students the basics of how to do laundry more efficiently. That led to the creation of this new video, which is a Housing and Communications team initiative.

4) What is the current plan for students living in 600 W 113th, Carlton Arms, or Barnard Housing?

Students assigned by Columbia Housing with a contract to live in 600 W. 113th and Carlton Arms will instead receive Smart Chip Cards loaded with a laundry allowance. Barnard Housing is not included in the free laundry initiative.

Columbia Housing’s free laundry announcement video can be found here